There is no doubt we live in dynamic times. Just a skim through the SEG-relevant news clips at the end of this newsletter shows the great span of events that shape our work, and the events that our work in turn shapes. Our Nation is faced with the reality of having to deter re-emergent near-peer competitors, while simultaneously facing the continual challenge of proliferating technology to rogue state and even non-governmental actors. (See: Houthi rebels firing cruise missiles against ships at sea and ballistic missiles against land targets.)
The technical nature of the threat continues to evolve as well. Submarine-launched ballistic and cruise missiles, hypersonic glide vehicles, anti-ship ballistic missiles, cooperative and reactive threats, unmanned vehicles, swarm tactics, electronic warfare integration, and many other advances and proliferations require fundamental advances in our warfighting capabilities.
In response to the above challenges, the U.S. Armed Forces are in the midst of revolutionary changes in our warfighting constructs and systems. Distributed sensing architectures, integration of space and airborne layers with surface platforms, integrated fire control, multi-spectral data fusion, machine learning, prompt strike weapons, solid state radars, directed energy weapons, hardkill—softkill coordination, cyber warfare, command and control of all these elements…all are responses to changes in the threat environment.
With this rapid change in threat and response, challenge and solution, move and countermove, how does SEG help move our Nation’s capabilities forward to stay ahead of shifting threats? The answer lies in remaining focused on several core principles grounded in systems engineering.
- Deliver high-quality and technically correct threat engineering products
- Use our knowledge and experience to advise programs developing counters to these threats
- Develop solutions to ensure threat scene consistency across the user base. This is key to providing high-confidence common truth data to drive integrated architecture development.
- Develop delivery mechanisms and user interfaces which enable our data to be used as widely as possible, enabling more developers to benefit from our work
- Develop delivery mechanisms and integration ideas so that our data can be used consistently across the spectrum of requirements engineering, design, integration and test